This film starts out at a slow and sleepy pace. When I first viewed it, I almost thought about turning it off and watching something else. But once I got into it, I found The Visitor to be a heartwarming and unique view of the human condition.
The Visitor wins 3½ out of 4 stars for a quartet of powerful performances within an intriguing drama that draws you into its web. A quick synopsis:
Widowed professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) discovers an immigrant couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira), squatting in his Manhattan flat and becomes wrapped up in their lives when Tarek is thrown into a detention center. A wonderful Hiam Abbass co-stars as Tarek's mother, who forges an unlikely connection with Walter. Director Thomas McCarthy's follow-up to his indie hit The Station Agent was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards.